History / Heritage - Lecture/Discussion

Thursday, May 30, 2019
7:00 PM-8:30 PM

History Talk - Wearing Gay History: T- shirts and other elements of popular culture serve as valuable tools to see how we place ourselves in local and national history. PhD candidate Eric Gonzaba of George Mason University will discuss wearing physical evidence as another historical source for making visible the history of diverse sexual, gendered, and racial queer cultures. Mr. Gonzaba’s research and interest revolve around the cultural politics of race and gender in late 20th century America, particularly 1970s African American and queer nightlife, along with costume history. Mr. Gonzaba formerly designed Wearing Gay History: An Exhibit on LGBT History through T-shirts. The exhibit featured t-shirts and other artifacts from the digitized Chris Gonzalez Library and Archives of Indianapolis to bring attention to LGBTQ+ history of “fly over” countries. Chris Gonzalez was an activist who succumbed to AIDS on May 5, 1994 in Indianapolis. Mr. Gonzaba is a doctoral student in American history at George Mason University, where he received his MA in history and women and gender studies. He is also a proud regular contributor to OutHistory, an award-winning website and blog dedicated to uncovering the queer past. Joseph Cullon, guest curator of the LGBTQ+ FOR THE RECORD exhibit and WPI History professor, will moderate the talk with Eric Gonzaba. Additional lectures currently planned are The Riots that sparked The Gay Revolution with Jennifer Brier, PhD (June 20), LGBTQ+ Historical Overview: Community Memory with Eric Marcus (September 4), a Community Forum on Youth Culture and Worcester LGBTQ+ History (September 10) and LGBTQ+ and Latinx History, how Latinx immigrants have challenged U.S. immigration policy over the last century.

Cost: Free with Museum admission

Suggested Audiences:Elders, Adult, College, High School
Phone: 508-753-8278

Last Modified: May 16, 2019 at 3:48 PM

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